July 29, 2013 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel
The dog days of summer often herald a ritual of packing up our families and toting them off to cooler climes. But what are the best ways to bring baby food on the road? And what are the rules for bringing baby food and drinks on the plane? Here are the latest and greatest ways to help you prepare for feedings on the go.
In the car
Frozen homemade baby food can be challenging to transport. But it is possible, particularly for car-trips of shorter distances, to avoid reverting to the jar and keep to a homemade baby food diet.
· Always pack extra baby food in case you get stuck in traffic or experience delays.
· Store frozen baby food in a sealed cooler with many ice packs to keep temperature cool.
· Give each cube of frozen baby food enough time to defrost at room temperature. Stir often for better consistency.
· Don't serve food that's been sitting around at room temperature for more than half an hour.
· QUICK MEAL TIP: Fresh avocados or bananas can be mashed and served up for a meal in no time.
In the air
Here are some tips on how to pack baby food and drinks for the skies from the Transportation Security Administration:
· Baby formula, breast milk, or juice, may be packed in your luggage and checked with your airline.
· When traveling with a child, in the absence of suspicious activity or items, you can bring more than 3 ounces of baby formula, breast milk, or juice in a carry-on, as long as you separate them from other liquids, gels, and aerosols in a quart-size and zip-top bag.
· Gel or liquid-filled teethers, canned, jarred, or processed baby food are also allowed your carry-on baggage under the same conditions.
· At checkpoint, your carry-on food and liquids will be inspected, so be prepared to present these items to security once reaching the X-ray.
· You or your baby or toddler will not be asked to test or taste breast milk, formula, or juice.
· Travel with only as much formula, breast milk, or juice in your carry-on needed to reach your destination.
May happy trails prevail!